Intern, Participatory Governance and Gender Programme

The Organisation

The Commonwealth Foundation is an international organisation established by Heads of Government in support of the belief that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments.

It is the Commonwealth agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation established by, funded and reporting to governments.

The Foundation is dedicated to strengthening people’s participation in all aspects of public dialogue, to act together and learn from each other to build democratic societies.

Ultimately, the Foundation seeks to ensure that policy and government institutions are more effective contributors to development through the influence of civic voices.

The role

We are looking for an Intern to work in one of our key programme areas: Participatory Governance and Gender.  The internship will be London based and support the activities of this area.

The person

The individual should have excellent research skills, administrative skills and ideally have a knowledge of the development arena.

Closing Date:  

Monday 12 November 2018 at 12 noon UK time


Commencing the week of 26 November 2018

Start Date:

Monday 10 December or Monday 17 December 2018

Allowance & Duration:

  • 1 year duration
  • £50 per day
  • For outside London only travel – a travel allowance (commuting to and from the office) to a maximum of £20 per day is available to an intern who lives outside of London. London travel is not covered by the Foundation.
  • As an internship this does not constitute employment with the Foundation. There are no payments for bank holiday, privilege days or sickness.  There is a limited holiday allowance.
  • The Intern is included fully in any external training opportunities (including conference attendance) and appropriate internal learning & development programmes.
  • Assistance is given where possible to aid the Intern in securing a permanent role in another organisation at the end of their internship. If there was a suitable vacancy at the Foundation, the intern can apply, however there is no guarantee of a permanent role at the end of internship.


Under UK employment law you must have the right to live in the UK either by having a nationality from a qualifying member country of the European Union or by possessing an appropriate visa.  The Foundation is unable to sponsor any visa applications, so this must be in place at time of applying. 

More information can be found at:  and .  Commonwealth citizens who do not possess an appropriate visa, in line with UK legislation, do not have an automatic right to work in the UK.

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Deadline for applications
12 November 2018 12pm GMT

Sorry, the applications for this position have now closed.

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